Day trip to Macau from Hong Kong
Aug 4, 2007 10:45
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Hello. Does anyone know how much time I should allocate for a day trip to Macau? I will be starting from the Whampoa Garden district and would like to check out the new casinos in Macau.

I will only be in HK a few days and the only time I may have may be from mid-afternoon until midnight. My questions are:
1. Is that enough time to see the new casinos in Macau?
2. How would I get there and back (I have a budget - i.e. I can't afford a helicopter)?
3. How long would it take in each direction?
4. Does transportation run round-the-clock?
5. Are there any passport/visa issues or other areas that may take more time than is practical (i.e. are there frequent problems that I can expect to happen that will slow me down, or is the time that this round trip takes always consistent - both day and night)?

Any advice appreciated.
Aug 5, 2007 20:06
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You can do one day trip to Macau. High speed ferries are frequent, you may wish to take in China Hong Kong City (next to Harbour City) in Tsimshatsui. The other ferry terminal is in Central, HK Island. The ferry journey between HK and Macau takes about 1 hour, ;lastest around midnight
Oct 27, 2007 14:17
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GUEST10222 It will take about 10 minutes to got to Taipa by taxi (HK$50.00). The last ferry is 12.30 morning on the weekend. But weekdays not so. So have a check.
May 16, 2008 01:20
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GUEST59107 CAn someone tell me if I need a visa to travel to Macau. A Ghanaian passport with HK ID bearing students permite. Urgent, thanks
May 16, 2008 10:42
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GUEST01019 I know most of these posts are really old now, but here are my top tips for Macau, or Things I Wish My Guide Book Had Told Me:

When you get off the ferry, head straight outside and you'll find a line of free buses taking tourists to the big casino hotels. Just get on any one that takes your fancy and save yourself a walk. They'll take you up to where the hotels in the new/casino district are.

The casino hotels are very, very expensive to stay in. Actually, most of the hotels are very expensive. So look around for a little travel agent offering discount rooms. There are lots of these tiny offices dotted around, with posters in the window advertising rooms in the big hotels. You can save 60% of the cost of a room by doing this. You need to pay cash up front and will have to pay a damage deposit, but you can stay in pretty much any one of the big hotels there for a fraction of the walk-up rate.

When I went there was an immense queue for immigration at the ferry terminal. There were about twenty passport desks open, and at least three full ferry loads of people waiting to get through. It took about an hour, so bear this in mind.

And finally, the customs restrictions for HK are quite strict- only 60 cigarettes- so don't be tempted to take advantage of the cheap cartons available in Macau unless you're going to smoke them all before you get back on the ferry.
Aug 26, 2008 09:15
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GUESTLYN Hi..i am planning to take a weekend trip to macau then i will also go to hongkong.I really dont have an idea how long the ferry trip from macau to hongkong & how much it cost?
Aug 27, 2008 22:28
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One hour. Cost about HKD/MOP 160-180 (USD20-23) per trip
Feb 11, 2009 03:40
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GUESTYUL... Hi I am planning to visit Macau.And I am also going to visit Hong Kong in one day trip.I need information about ferry schedule. I need the erlier ferry from macau to HK and the latest ferry from HK to Macau. Thanks.
Feb 12, 2009 03:36
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Look on the following 3 sites for schedules. There're 3 companies running this route.
First Ferry: http://www.nwff.com.hk/english/schedule/search_route.asp?line=macau
CotaiJet: http://cotaijet.com.mo/en/destinations/index.aspx
TurboJet: http://www.turbojetseaexpress.com/eng/schedule/prd.html
Feb 19, 2009 21:17
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GUEST77483 Do we need a visa to go to Macau? We will be coming from the Philippines. Thanks!
Feb 20, 2009 02:43
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I presume you mean to say that you're holding Philippine passports? According to http://www.macautourism.gov.mo/en/info/get2macau.php#18 you can stay for Macau in 30 days without needing to apply for a visa.
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